Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

October 2015

M.B.A. Student Expands Management Horizons

Berkeley College MBA Student Christine Peraino

Christine Peraino, Manager of Patient Access Services for Atlantic Health Systems at Chilton Medical Center, is a member of the first M.B.A. class at Berkeley College.

As the Manager of Patient Access Services for Atlantic Health Systems at Chilton Medical Center, Christine Peraino understands the importance of leadership in business. She began her career at Chilton more than 14 years ago, working in patient access and medical records. Through hard work and dedication, Ms. Peraino advanced in her career and now manages a team of more than 40 employees, helping countless patients a day receive medical benefits and services. She has been an active member of the American Health Information Management Association since 2001.

“I feel lucky to have found a career that is so rewarding,” Ms. Peraino said. “I have grown so much as a person and an employee, and I am proud of my success.”

In 2012, Ms. Peraino enrolled in the Health Services Management program at Berkeley College. Although she was working full time, she knew receiving a degree was important to advancing in her career.

Ms. Peraino planned to take one class at a time and slowly finish her degree. That all changed when she met the Berkeley College Admissions team.

With the help and encouragement of Michael Lincoln, then Director of Adult Admissions, Ms. Peraino received a grant to study full time, and completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2015. At Berkeley College, she was inducted into two national honor societies. Alpha Sigma Lamba honors high-achieving adult and non-traditional students and Sigma Beta Delta recognizes students of business, management, or administration.

When Ms. Peraino received the news that Berkeley College would offer a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in Management, she jumped at the chance to enroll.

“I received so much support and guidance during my undergraduate degree,” she said. “I knew the Berkeley M.B.A. program would be a great fit for me.”

“Christine’s success during her undergraduate program, as well as her professional accomplishments, made her the perfect candidate for the M.B.A. program,” said Mr. Lincoln, now Director of Graduate Admissions in the School of Graduate Studies. “I am looking forward to watching her continued success.”

Ms. Peraino’s employer has been supportive of her decision to return to school, allowing her the flexibility to work and take classes. Only a few weeks into the program, Ms. Peraino is already seeing the benefits.

“The faculty members have real-world management experience and are dedicated to ensuring our success,” she said. “I am learning so much about myself as a manager and look forward to my future growth and development.”